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  • Article: Oct 10, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Sam Corcoran, (page 32 in last week's Chronicle) and indeed the Labour Party still do not grasp that leaving in any form is worse than remaining in the EU.

    How does he know that his (Labour's) deal will be any better than the one negotiated by Theresa May?

    He, or at least his party, wants to put the deal his party negotiates to the people in a referendum.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Your editorial on climate change, excellent as it was, omits some important issues.

    The three possibly most important things we can do to help reduce our carbon emissions are having less children, stop fl ying and reducing our meat consumption.

    They are all challenging but if this is an emergency, surely drastic measures are needed.

  • Article: Sep 26, 2019

    Dear Sir,

    It might be thought that leaving the EU would make us more self-sufficient in the long run.

    This is because our basic necessities will come from a wider variety of sources, further away than presently.

    This will make our food, medical and other essential supplies less secure, especially if there is conflict or other barriers to trade on a wide scale.

  • Article: Sep 12, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    If I might be allowed to take a rather different tack, your letters about Brexit in last week's Chronicle make a strong case for a written down set of rules for how our country is governed.

    However people voted in 2016, they must agree that the following three years have been chaotic.

    We have been subjected to a continual barrage of news as the various actors have sought to get their way, helped by the fact that they can make up their own rules as they go along.

  • Article: Aug 29, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    It's all very well for Robert Davies, (p32 in last week's Chronicle) to say all we have to do is remain savvy, I presume in relation to the results of a no-deal Brexit that the Conservative administration is trying to impose on us.

    He does not mention those who, for various reasons, are only just coping at the present time to provide a wholesome diet for their families.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In my view the desire of the person involved is paramount in the discussion around euthanasia and assisted dying.

    Dying is a social activity and it is wrong that people have to die on their own or under any shame, unless that is their wish.

    I understand the concerns of others, as articulated in your article in last week's Chronicle, that a process might be misused for personal gain; it is the job of the police and other authorities to prevent that.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    If I might be allowed to comment on the discussion in your recent letter pages around abortion rights; it seems to me that men's rights are often dismissed in this matter.

    It takes two to tango as they say and barring the occasional in vitro fertilisations, men play a pivotal role in producing the future citizens of our societies.

  • Article: Aug 8, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The long letter by Andrea Bloomfield on the possible dangers of 5G roll out made me think of the way society is going more generally.

    We seem to be relying more and more on technology to solve our problems and improve our quality of life.

    This is fi ne as long as we have given our informed consent; something that I am not aware we have. The fact that we can do something does not mean we want to.

  • Article: Aug 1, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I'd like to comment on Bogbrush's letter in last week's Chronicle where (s)he touches on the reasons for this country's headlong rush into oblivion in the name of Brexit.

    Where I think the mistake lies is in the well-intentioned though misplaced loyalty of many in the Conservative, and to a lesser extent, the Labour Party.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your article on page eight of last week's Chronicle on freedom of expression, media freedoms and the dangers of certain online content, the issue seems to be around education as well as protections.

    If we assume that we want maximum freedom of expression, as I do, we must design our society around educating everyone, especially the vulnerable about the dangers and what they can do to minimise the risk.